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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Ukrainian ObamaCare

 Crimean Tatar Family

By now most facts about the Ukraine have been set forth. That is, all those facts which seem to be important for readers of the present time: the Ukraine was taken from the Russian SSR in 1954 by Nikita Krushchev and assigned to the Ukraine, there are lots of ethnic Russian in the Crimea and the eastern parts, and the Crimean Tatars are Sunni Muslims of the Hanafi type and distrust Russians.

I had not read that Krushchev was himself from the Ukraine, but he was, and I always thought that was part of the reason for what was done in 1954.

For the rest, we wait and see how it comes out. Threats have been made, soldiers called forth and then marched back; so far, all is fairly calm.

Here the Republicans and their running dogs have seen a connection to Neville Chamberlain and the Sudetenland Crisis of Nineteen-Thirty-whatsis, and of course, Hitler is hiding somewhere, ready to pop out. Some have suggested that by not bombing Syria's chemical weapons and thusly exposing thousands of Syrians to better-death-by-chemistry, President Obama was to blame... as he is to blame for most things that happen....
(Perhaps the Republican policy for the Crimea is bombing, too. Who knows?)

This has been, in other words, a real ObamaCare moment in the Crimean peninsula.

I believe Mr. Obama and Mr. Putin are intelligent and tough individuals. They will get things done here.


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